Location: Simmons College
The Spear of Destiny has long been sought as powerful occult item. Dr. Illinois Smith, the famous swash-buckling archeologist has hired your team to steal back the Spear from his arch rival, Dr. Pierre Freeman. Dr. Freeman has been called away on a false errand so you have one hour to find the Spear within his office and to dodge his KGB associates. Read More Below…
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Dr. Illinois Smith and Dr. Pierre Freeman have a long, dark history. To understand the urgency to find the Spear of Destiny and the summons of a team of “professional acquirers,” this history must be understood. You see, at one time, Smith was the protégé of Dr. Freeman. Dr. Freeman sponsored Smith’s during his doctorate program in archaeology. Both men are from a line of blue bloods and understand privilege. Both men are fascinated with indigenous peoples, their relics and the purpose, both mythical and factual, of those relics. That, however, is where the similarities end.
Illinois left behind his life of privilege soon after finishing his schooling. On route to an expedition, Smith’s boat floundered and he was stranded for nearly three years on a remote island. The people of this island took him, healed his wounds and taught him more about humanity and the sacred then he ever learned in college. Though protected by these primitive people, Smith found the time spent on the island agonizing. As his body healed, his mind became aware of the people around him and the way that his life of privilege and academia had blinded him to the beauties of simplicity and human connection. Once rescued, Illinois returned to his world a changed man.
He became a champion of the people that he studied, and gained a reverence for their rituals and particularities that is rarely seen in an academic.
Upon returning to his life, Illinois shared his experiences within the circles of his discipline. He was often scorned, and to his utter heartbreak, learned that his mentor, Dr. Freeman, was guilty of brutally exploiting his study subjects for personal and academic gain. When Smith confronted his mentor, Dr. Freeman related, in his clipped English accent, that Illinois was a delusional idealist and that the strong always exploit the weak. Dr. Freeman had aligned himself with the Nazis and was assisting them in searching out indigenous artifacts that were reported to have occult powers. Illinois left this interaction determined to thwart the forces that would rob the basics of life from one people to make another richer and stronger.
After years of fighting the good fight, Smith has become care worn and tired. The cuff that he wears on his wrist, a gift from his rescuers, is tattered and stained with age, and Illinois longs for a rest from his life of adventure and altruism. However, he has made a discovery that sends cold chills through his athletic frame and renews his dedication. His nemesis has a new affiliation with the KGB. The Nazis have fallen and there is a rush to right wrongs, recover priceless treasures and restore the world to order. Dr. Freeman has been contracted by the KGB to find a way to open the ancient monolith purported to contain the Spear of Destiny. The relic is reported to have been the weapon used the pierce the side of Christ as he hung on a Roman cross thousands of years ago. It is believed by some to make the bearer unbeatable in combat. The Nazis stole the monolith from the Vatican and Dr. Smith would see it returned safely to their hands. Dr. Freeman has been traveling to world to collect the tools needed to open the container but is missing a critical cipher that Dr. Smith has in his possession.
Illinois is determined to recover the Spear before Dr. Freeman and his associates exploit yet another treasure. However, Dr. Smith is too well known on the campus where Dr. Freeman has stored the Spear, and his involvement is too personal. With a flexible morality born of years of dealing with red tape, Dr. Smith has hired a team of “professional acquirers” to extricate the Spear. He has arranged for Dr. Freeman to be called away on a false errand to give his team the time to recover the Spear and return it to its rightful place.